Keeping the Border Safe

Saying he cannot wait for the federal government to help, Texas Governor Rick Perry announces the latest effort to enhance border security. It involves using highly skilled Ranger Reconnaissance teams to address the threat along the Texas-Mexico border. Pat Hernandez has more.

Governor Perry came to the Texas Department of Public Safety's regional office here in Houston to make his announcement.  He said the state's latest border security enhancement is made up of Texas Rangers and the Texas National Guard Counterdrug forces.They are supported by an effort launched in August to address the increased burglaries of rural homes, ranches and hunting camps in remote areas along the Texas-Mexico border. Governor Perry:

"We have taken a more aggressive approach to policing the border, but the bad keys are very flexible. They react to our changing tactics as well, and as a result, we have land owners all along the border, who are finding their farms and ranches overrun by smuggling operations."

Perry responded to criticism by gubernatorial candidate, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who called the effort nonsense.

"I think its the height of hypocrisy, for someone who's been in Washington, D.C. for 16-years, who's had the opportunity to help Texas on our border security, and they've been no more successful in delivering the resources and the help. So, please do that job up there first before you come down here and start criticizing about the state of Texas."

Perry urged the federal government to approve his request for a thousand National Guard troops to help in the effort.

PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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Pat Hernandez

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...